Nokes, Songster leads MC as Scots hang on in OT, 77-74

Nokes, Songster leads MC as Scots hang on in OT, 77-74

The Maryville College Scots kept their winning streak alive on Wednesday afternoon, as they held on for a 77-74 win over previously undefeated Emory & Henry College in overtime.

Maryville College posted just a 56.5 effort from the charity stripe through most of the game, but senior Tyler Spicer knocked down a pair of free throws to earn the three-point victory.

The Scots' Colt Nokes proved a force for MC, as he contributed a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He had three blocks, including a huge swat with a minute left, while knocking the ball away on a fast break.

The ball he knocked away left .8 seconds left in regulation. Chase Branscomb had a chance to win it from the right side, but his jumper found nothing but air as time expired.

The Scots started the night with a 10-0 run against the Wasps, as Calvin Songster had eight of those points. Maryville would maintain their lead, as Emory & Henry was only able to find the first lead with 2:30 remaining in regulation.

Colin Molden hit a 3-point jumper from the top of the key to earn a 63-62 advantage. Nokes would come up big with a lay-in with 1:37 left, before his blocks sealed a chance at overtime.

Maryville is now off to a 3-0 start to the season, as they head into the Thanksgiving break.

Songster followed Nokes' double-double effort with 19 points of his own to go with three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. He knocked down four treys in the game.

Joshua Brooks had 11 points off the bench to go with three assists and three steals, while Emanuelle Garcia, Emier Bowman and Spicer each finished with eight points. Spicer had seven boards to go with a team-leading four assists, as Dante Hoppa added seven points to round out MC's scoring.

The Scots posted a 41.9 percent effort from the floor (26-of-62), while dropping in 10 treys. They managed a 60 percent effort from the free-throw line, going 15-of-25 in the game.

For Emory & Henry (3-1), it was all Colin Molden. Molden had a game-high 23 points, as he added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

Myles Turner and Branscomb each had 11 points, while Branscomb posted a team-leading four steals. Aaron Ferguson had 10 points for the Wasps, while Alic Wynn tallied a team-high 11 rebounds.

Emory & Henry went 26-for-71 from the floor (36.6 percent), while knocking down five 3-pointers. They held a 70.8 percent mark from the charity stripe, going 17-of-24.

Maryville will now take time for the Thanksgiving Holiday, before making their way to Atlanta, Ga. for the Oglethorpe Thanksgiving Classic. MC will face host Oglethorpe on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m., before takin on No. 15 Emory University on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.